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>>> this is a fox news alert. we are tracking the action in libya, we're told the u.s. will launch missile strikes against libyan air defenses within the hour. french jets launching air strikes on libyan tanks and now nato members preparing jets to head to libya to protect citizens of the north african country. they are wrapping up an emergency meeting in paris a short time ago as french warplanes circle the skies enforce the no-fly zone. hello, welcome to a brand-new hour. >> jamie: i'm jamie colby. the situation in libya is quickly developing as nato counties shift military resources to the region. molly henneberg is tracking that and live in the d.c. bureau. molly, good to see you. secretary clinton it's so unusual to hear from how severe things they are. should she did have a couple diplomatic points she wanted to make very clear clear. tell us about those. >> molly: that the u.s. backed international efforts to prevent libyan leader from muammar khadafy from attacking his own people but the u.s. would be taking a supportive role in any operation. >> we did not lead this. we di
. right now on "fox news sunday." missile strikes. the u.s. and britain fire more than 100 cruise missiles as coalition forces act to protect the libyan rebels from muammar qaddafi. we'll have an update on talk with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen live on "fox news sunday." then two leading senators weigh in on the mix, lindsey graham and jack reed. japan works t work contain a nr disaster. we will get the latest from japan and talk with the secretary of energy steven chu. plus, we ask our sunday panel if the president is taking the lead on these issues or following. all right now on "fox news sunday." hello again from fox news in washington where we are tracking two major stories. we have a reporter in libya where the u.s. and its allies are using military force to protect the antiqaddafi rebels. and in japan, where officials are making progress toward bringing a nuclear plant under control. we'll have more on that later and talk with the secretary of energy. first, libya, u.s. stealth bombers struck a major libyan airfield. and qaddafi called the raids terr
at from the u.s. navy. i'm don lemon from the cnn headquarters in atlanta. >> i'm jonathan mann. a special edition of "the situation room" with wolf blitzer is next. >>> thanks very much. french jets take off. the allied gauntlet comes down. a coalition of western and arab states launching the first strikes on libya. >> yoins in firing missiles against gadhafi's forces around misrata, to stop gadhafi from butchering his own people. >>> at this hour the besieged town of benghazi is in tatters we're told but still in the control of the rebels. after days of pleading for help they're getting it right now. the international community responding with decisive force. >>> hello to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we want to welcome you to a special edition of "the situation room." i'm wolf blitzer in washington and joined by jonathan mann in atlanta. jon, this is going to be a very ferocious fight given everything we know about moammar gadhafi, his sons, those most loyal to him. they are not going to give up really quickly. >> nearly 25 years after the u.s. attacked moammar
military action. how far will the u.s. and its allies go to enforce a u.n.-authorized no-fly zone? also this hour, a new level of crisis at japan's crippled snuk power plant. as the race goes on to heat down those reactors, officials now say this disaster is on par with the worst nuclear accident in u.s. history and mile after mile of destruction, search and rescue crews barely know where to begin. we're with emergency teams risking their own lives to save others. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama says the world has given moammar gadhafi ample warning that his bloody assault on rebel forces will not stand. mr. obama putting gadhafi on notice just a while ago, a day after the u.n. security council approved the use of force to protect civilians in libya. the president says the libyan leader would commit atrocities if left unchecked and thousands of people could die. >> these terms are not subject to negotiation. if gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. and the resolution will be enforce enforc
>>> target libya, the assault by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the end game? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounds his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels bunch coalition forces insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over triply, it claimed again it was ordering units to observe a cease-fire, a claim western forces are sceptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim in. >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. military officials are already declaring the no-fly
has stressed that the role of the u.s. military would be limited in time and scope. our mission has been to use america's unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and to assist in meeting urgent humanitarian needs. as expected, we're already seeing a significant reduction in the number of u.s. planes involved in our operations as the number planes from other countries increase in numbers. today we are taking the next step. we have agreed, along with our nato allies, to transition command and control for the no-fly zone over libya to nato. all 28 allies have also now authorized military authorities to develop an operations plan for nato to take on the broader civilian protection mission under resolution 1973. nato is well-suited to coordinate this international effort and ensuring that all participating nations are working effectively together toward our shared goals. this coalition includes countries beyond nato including arab partners, and we expect all of them to be providing important political guidance going forward. we have always said that arab leer lea
military targets overnight. a spokesman suggests u.s. combat operations may have peaked. the u.s. role is in the no-fly zone. it's moving from action to patrolling phase today. libyan handlers took journalists to see damage inside gadhafi's compound. that happened earlier today. a possible missile wrecked a four-story building. gadhafi was not the target. >>> defense secretary robert gates arrived in russia today as that country's prime minister turned up the heat. putin ripped the united states for what he called a steady trend of intervention abroad. >> we expected in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition and be a member of the coalition and have a military role in the coalition. >> arab league president is toning down his criticism of the coalition attacks. he met with u.n. secretary moon in cairo today saying he's committed to the u.n. resolution on libya. yesterday, he complained the campaign was too broad and civilians were killed. >>> libya freed four new york times journalists today. the four cro
international airport. the shooting involved a u.s. military shuttle bus. someone got on the bus and started shooting. two are confirmed dead. we believe they're two u.s. soldiers. one person has been taken into custody. again we know two are killed. it is reported that those are two u.s. soldiers. the incident is over, the airport is operating as usual. this is out of frankfurt. as soon as we get more detail, we get to fred out of berlin. >>> the u.s. supreme court is reaffirming the first amendment right to free speech even if it is painful and ugly. in an 8-1 decision, they say a kansas church can push their message outside military funle rals. jeffrey toobin is on the phone with us. jeff, let's start off here, is this a surprise to you the court's decision? because this is a case that everybody's been watching. >> reporter: it's a pain until awful case and the westboro baptist church is an insuggelt religion everywhere. but the decision is not a surprise. these statements in this context, nondisruptive statements about politics, are at the heart of what the first amendment is all about e
of the globe and japan and the u.s. it would follow a little possible parcel of radiation all the way across the country and pacific. it would take many days. a lot of the radiation would be gone. there's just no threat. >> we will see. you'll keep watching, it as will i, but thanks so much for watching it here. want to turn things over to jessica yellin in "the situation room." jess, to you. >> happening now, breaking news. three nuclear reactors damaged to the core. the crisis in japan is said to be deteriorating right now. u.s. officials are suggesting the situation is more dire than many thought. with america's top nuclear watchdogs saying radiation levels are extremely high. freezing cold and snow adding to the hardship for quake and tsunami survivors there and hampering the rescue and recovery. more people now seem eager to get out of japan all together. >>> and wolf blitzer's one-on-one interview with secretary of state hillary clinton in egypt. she's talking about the disaster in japan, as well as the uprisings in libya and across the region. welcome to our viewers in the united stat
to make the case for u.s. involvement,. this comes as libyan rebels resume their offensive. they advanced 350 miles this weekend and retook two key oil towns. military missions are mostly completed according to u.s. officials. >> we prevented the large-scale slaughter that was beginning to take place and has taken place in some places. >> on one hand they say it's humanitarian and on the other they say gaddafi must go. >> defense secretary gates and secretary of state clinton will be brief congress on the u.s. mission in libya and the cost. the president will speak tonight at 7:00 -- 7:30 on abc 7 news. >>> monday. the crisis at the crippled nuclear power plant may be getting worse. japanese officials say highly radioactive iodine is seeping from the facility. contaminated sea water is being found farther from the plant. they are pumping hundreds of tons of radioactive water. now the plant operators are apologizing for overstating radio -- radiation levels inside the reactors. >>> 32 years ago today the u.s. suffered its worst nuclear crisis, three mile island nuclear plant in pennsylvani
was garneredly optimistic about the current state of the u.s. economy. testifying before the senate banking committee hearing this week, the chairman noted that the real ggdp would increase from 3.5% to 4%. about 1.5% higher than the fed projected three months ago. >> the most recent projections by the federal reserve board members and bank presidents prepared in conjunction with the meeting in late january, are to increase 3 1/2 to 4% in 2011, about one-half percentage point higher than our projections made in november. >> he also added that this fed forecast is broadly consistent with private forecasters. regarding unemployment, the chairman gave the feds' forecast for the end of 2012. 22 months from now. >> it could be several years before the unemployment rate has returned to a more normal level. indeed, participants generally see the unemployment rate still in the range of 7 1/2 to 8% at the ends of 2012. >> on rising gas prices, fed chairman bernanke's projection grew duller. >> higher gas prices take in chrome out of pockets of consumers and reduces their spending and their confidenc
to building more nuclear power plants in the u.s. that is up from last year. >>> and now, it is just about that time to head it to the man, the birthday man today, wolf blitzer in "the situation room." wolf, to you. >>> thanks very much, brooke. happening now, two u.s. air force crew members make it out of a fighter jet crash in libya alive. we are taking you to the crash site and telling you how libyan rebels help keep one of them safe. >>> also, president obama is facing growing anger for ordering air strikes in libya without the approval of congress. now, one fellow democrat, even talking about possible impeachment. >>> and new u.s. assessments of the radiation risks from japan's nuclear crisis and new progress inside the plant to shed light on the damage from the sudan. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >>> some very anxious hours for the u.s. military after the crash of a fighter jet, giving way to relief now that the two crew members are safely out of libya. defense officials confirming that both the pilot and the weapons officer have been rescued. they say the f-15
>> glenn: from new york, good night america. >>> president obama warns muammar khadafy that the u.s. is ready to join an allied effort to protect civilians. a judge in wisconsin blocks the new collective bargaining law from taking effect and nuclear fallout from japan gets an upgrade. live from our studio in washington is special report. >> brett: u.s. ambassador susan rice says muammar khadafy is in violation of resolution that demanded a cease-fire in libya. they called on khadafy to halt military attacks on civilians and if the libyan leader does not stand down, the u.s. will launch military action against him. but he said the summit will not send ground troops into the country. we have team coverage. doug is at the pentagon with the u.s. role and logistics of implementing a no-fly zone. we begin with senior correspondent with rick leventhal who is live in libya in benghazi. >> reporter: it's safe to say that we've seen more check points popping up, more young men with small arms and concern about khadafy's army with libyan official on live television saying that the army was act
edition of "special report." i'm bret baier. we have been traveling for the past two days with the u.s. military. trying to get a grasp of a progress report on the ground here. the successes, the frustrations, the planning for the way ahead. the uncertainty that lies along the way in this village, we are 30-miles from the afghan-pakistan border. still, ten years after the start of the war and it's still a hot bed along the border of taliban activity. this place has seen dramatic security change. development has come. not the case across the board in afghanistan but there have been successes in a moment, we'll show you that. you will hear the interview with general david petraeus before he heads back to washington to give a progress report to congress. jennifer griffin is traveling with robert gates as he travels here in afghanistan as well. all of that in a moment. but first, check in with shannon bream in the washington bureau for the top headlines of the day. >> thank you, bret. >> shannon: president obama ended a two-year ban on guantanamo bay and it will come two days ahead of cong
. a simpler way to ship. >> u.s. officials confirms to fox news. qaddafi air defenses are seriously disabled. it is too early to predict what they might do in response to today's strike. >> new images shows u.s. navy ships firing missiles and teeping wup britain, france and canada and italy to enforce a no fly zone all to support a rebel uprising in that country until now appeared on the verge of defeat. even before the attack a libyan fighter jet hit boy rebel fire or a coalition plane. the rebels on the ground cheered and celebrating. as international forces move in. 114 tomahawk cruise missiles fired thus far and targeting 20 sites near tripoli. we have live coverage on the ground. molly henningberg has the u.s. reponce. we begin with steve harington streaming live from tripoli. steve. >>reporter: a message of defiance from qaddafi. he said the attackers are colonialist and where onist who want to take over libyan oil. this time he was in a curious move it is a phone conversation recorded and that may speak to his ability to have communications or he could be in hiding. it is not clear. h
pushing back against mounting pressure to impose a military no-fly zone over libya. why one u.s. official says it's, quote, an extraordinary complex situation. plus, gas prices soaring as the crisis in libya intensifies. is it time now for the united states to tap into its emergency oil reserve to soften the blow at the pump? and an estimated 18,000 refugees crowded into a tent city near the libyan border as a full-blown humanitarian crisis is unfolding. lots happening right here today in "the situation room." pendingo much money on printing. i'd like to put you in charge of cutting costs. calm down. i know that it is not your job. what i'm saying... excuse me? alright, fine. no, you don't have to do it. ok? [ male announcer ] notre dame knows it's better for xerox to control its printing costs. so they can focus on winning on and off the field. [ manager ] are you sure i can't talk -- ok, no, i get it. [ male announcer ] with xerox, you're ready for real business. and go everywhere. to help revitalize a neighborhood in massachusetts, restore a historic landmark in harlem, fund a local bu
the u.s. military is getting ready to take an extraordinary step evacuating troops from the island. >>> and i'm kiran chetry. no relief in sight for homeowners. new numbers showing how weak the housing market is. and even more troubling, analysts said we may not have hit bottom yet. "american morning" starts right now. >>> all right. it is tuesday, march 22nd. a lot of news this morning. again, it's been a wild couple of weeks. >> and it's well into the day in japan. already another two earthquakes today. we're well into the 600s in terms of aftershocks and tremors. more concerns there. >> we're going to bring everybody up to date on that. but first, we're going to start with libya. coalition forces hammering moammar gadhafi's forces and positions as the head of forces in libya said the coalition flew 80 missions yesterday more than half of them by countries other than the united states. also saying that the dictator's momentum has been stopped, at least for now. but in misrata, which is a key city two hours east of tripoli, people are saying that civilians are still being massacre
at the wreckage of a u.s. f-15 that crashed today in rebel-held eastern libya, for reasons the u.s. military says were mechanical, not hostile. i will say that again for you. the u.s. says the plane had equipment problems and was not shot down. the two-man crew jekted and the pilot was recovered quickly. the weapons officer was found by rebels and americans reached him. neither badly hurt. >>> back in tripoli, reporters saw the results of a missile landing on a port. >>> we also have remarkable pictures from misrata, a city down the coast that gadhafi forces have bombarded for days. this is amateur video uploaded to youtube yesterday. now, we can't confirm when or where it was shot, but we do know misrata's main hospital reports 77 deaths since sunday. the u.n.-approved campaign to protect libyan civilians began saturday and it's still not clear who will actually end up in charge. arab states don't want to work for nato and u.s. has other campaigns to worry about. nato says it will enforce a libyan arms embarge go the in meantime. let's bring in diana magnay, she's on the "uss keer sauj." nic rep
>>> i want to on "nightline" another war? the breaking plus. u.s. and allies prepare to intervene in the bloody war in libya after the u.n. authorizes military action against gadhafi's forces. >> and in a worldwide exclusive, gadhafi's sons talk from tripoli tonight. >>> plus, nuclear code red. we have the latest on the desperate efforts of the japanese to stop the deadly chain of events from turning into a all-out nuclear catastrophe. are they at the point of no return? >>> and the inconvenient truth. the race to cool a stockpile of radioactive fuel rods getting dangerously hot and what scientists fear if that race is lost. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good evening. i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin in libya where the u.s. and its allies appear poised to take military action on the heels of a u.n. resolution earlier this evening imposing a no-fly zone over the country and authorizing quote, all necessary measures to protect civilians. hours earlier, libya -- we spoke to gadhafi's son. christiane joins me now. you were just in libya, what can you tell us? >> well, i think they
republican candidate mike huckabee is confused about where the current president grew up. but first, the u.s. is closer to the crisis in libya. tonight two u.s. warships are heading for the waters off libya although for now he says it's not to fight. >> we'll be enter the mediterranean shortly. it will provide us a capability for both emergency evacuations. >> moammar gadhafi is trying as hard as he can to hold onto power. pro-gadhafi troops tried and failed to retake a town neurotripoli currently under rebel control. and one of gadhafi's sons tells cnn the government is trying to talk with the rebels, but the rebel leadership is in chaos. let's start with cnn's international correspondent, ben wedeman, who is in rebel-held city benghazi. the former libyan interior minister says the noose is tightening around gadhafi's neck. tell us where have you gone and what have you seen? >> we headed sort of in the direction of tripoli. what we've seen is that the noose isn't necessarily tightening around gadhafi's neck. it's clear the opposition is in firm control of this part of the country, but if yo
-made guns across the border and for the unrelenting demand of illegal drugs in the u.s. the two countries are also at odds after a wikileaks release quoting u.s. officials quoting mexican's security agencies "corrupt and dysfunctional." publicly, the obama administration is putting a positive spin on the relationship. >> there exists an unprecedented level of cooperation between the u.s. and mexico. >> but when the two presidents go behind bars, tensions could rise over a recent interview in which president calderon called u.s. law enforcement agencies disorganized. and there will also be discussions about the growing number of americans caught in the cross fire of mexico's drug war, including u.s. immigration agent, jaime spatta, who was killed in an ambush along a highway 16 days ago. at his funeral last week, homeland department secretary, janet napolitano, promised to seek justice. >> we will not relent or let up or flinch in any way in our determination to see that those responsible for his death are held to account for their crimes. >> mexico is the u.s.'s largest trade partner, and
weapons of the nato alliance, like this air strike by britain. and yet, u.s. military officials concede today that the libyan regime is still determined to fight and reinforced its positions in the eastern cities fwh including ajdabiya. the occasion says gadhafi is trying to recruit and arm volunteers to fight rebel forces. the libyan strongman defiant as nato moves to take over command of the libyan mission. the top u.s. commander of the operation tells me that nato has now agreed in principle to not only take charge of the no-fully zone but to also to protect libyan civilians as well. the details will be worked out, he says, over the next few erda. general carter ham sending a message directly to gadhafi. here in "the situation room," we spoke just a littlewhilego and i had this exchange with him. cnn is seen live around the world, including in libya. and officer your military-to-military -- the officers surrounding gadhafi might be watching right now, gadhafi might be watching, his sons might be watching. look into atthe camera. what would you say to them right now, officer t officer
members of the arab league. doug mcelway, thank you very much. president obama said u.s. forces willing not be on the ground in liba. sit going to be possible to complete this mission without sending them in? former pentagon official kt mcfarland joins us on the telephone with that. repeatedly they said troops will not be involved and american troops haven't been involved in aircraft. it's only been tomorrowa hawks right? >> right. we've not at this point seen american aircraft flying over liba. now there is a thought there would be a black hawk down incident is for most. the u.s. aircraft will not fly over libya if they do at all until air defenses have been taken out. that is what this bombing has been. there is a question of can we have a clean neat strike? nobody, no boots on the ground zront to get hands dirty. someone has got to go in on the ground. muammar gaddafi is probably not going to give up at all. he knows he doesn't get to retire in florida. he knows he'll go to the international courts and have to face military charges that he has committed crimes against humanity. so he
in tripoli as the air assault continues, there are questions and concerns about what role the u.s. will may in in the operations going forward. the pentagon insists the u.s. forces will have a limited role, but are not clarifying the mission. >> it is unwise to set a specific goal, things that you may or may not be able to chief. >> president obama's walking a political tight rope. focusing on his domestic agenda while facing questions about his decision to authorize force. >> we are answering the calls of a threatened people and we're acting in the interests of the united states and the world. >> it is distracting us from what's going on in bahrain, what's going on in syria where repressive governments are cracking down on peaceful dissent. >> and criticism from both sides of the aisle. leb rals led by dennis kucinich, jerrold nadler and maxine waters raise constitutional objections. conservatives said the president waited too long to act. >> i regret that we didn't act much more quickly, but that's not the point now. the point is let's get behind the effort. >> and then there's the questi
plants right here in the united states. >>> and will the u.s. supreme court green light a massive discrimination lawsuit against walmart? arguments today in one of the most important workers' rights cases the court has ever heard. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> moammar gadhafi and his troops are being accused of new carnage and destruction. just hours after president obama tried to explain the u.s. mission in libya to the american people. this hour we have breaking news. we're learning about major, major setbacks for rebel forces in several cities. in misrata, witnesses say government forces are hammering the city hard, firing bullets over civilians' heads and telling them to run for their lives. gadhafi is fighting back with a vengeance against rebels who had regained ground in recent days under the cover of coalition air strikes. >>> and joining us now in ajdabiya is our own arwa damon. you're with the rebels there. how are they doing, arwa? what's the latest? >> reporter: well, wolf, it's been another bitterly disappointing day for the opposition here. th
nato command and control when it's handed over in the coming days from the u.s. command and from general carter ham. it will go to nato commander and control. that agreement has been released and we should hear from secretary of state hillary clinton in moments about the structure but we can confirm that nato will take command of the libyan operation. >> thank you. desperately in need of fresh recruit but short on time, the libyan rebels are getting a crash course in weapons training. senior correspondent rick leventhal has that story. >> this used to be a military training academy for gaddafi's army. now it serves the revolution. the instructors are former soldiers including special forces. teaching benghazi civilians how to fight. >> i am a computer engineer. until the government of gaddafi started using weapons against us. >> the trainees include shop owners to risk their live for secure libya. >> this is the first time i touched this. >> a salesman becoming a soldier and says he is not afraid. >> when we finish, let's go to libya. >> [ inaudible ] >> really, really, really. a
>>> u.s. fire power. allied military muscle. speeding towards libya to stop a brutal civil war. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy. >> translator: he's totally defied the warning. >> moammar gadhafi isn't backing down. >> translator: now all detos will be open and armed people to defend people and its unity. >> a showdown of force on many sides with global impact. >> we'd like to welcome our viewers around the globe watching special coverage. i'm don lemon. >> i'm john vause. the time for warnings is over. the time for action is now. as the u.s. joins a coalition of countries targeting moammar gadhafi's forces. heavy gun fire and explosion in libya's capital of tripoli hours after the coalition attacked the defenses. in theatest move british jets flew 3,000 miles to carry out a missile strike on key targets. >> john, earlier the pentagon said u.s. and british ships and submarines fired more than 110 tomahawk missiles. they hit about 20 libyan air and missile defense targets. coalition calling this "operation odyssey dawn." >> f
reports about how the pilots were recovered. there's one report that a u.s. helicopter with special forces, or search-and-rescue teams, either one of the two, rescued one, and then there's a report out there the other pilot was picked up by a rebel group, which is interesting and unusual, of course, but that's all we know about the fate of the pilots. they're safe and the pentagon continues to insist this plane was not shot down, that it was a mechanical problem. >> ron allen, reporting from cairo for us, thank you very much. >>> let's talk about what's happening on the ground. for that i want to bring in former general monty miggs. always good to see you. richard engel says these guys, the anti-gadhafi forces can't even load their own weapons, they don't know who their leaders are. it seems like their strategy is to rely on us. how do you see it? >> certainly they have asked for us to come in and keep the libyan air force off of them, but remember, some of the forces in afghanistan look pretty shaky, and over a period of time they have made themselves pretty effective, so don't completely
problems. rebels rescued the weapons officer and turned him over to the united states. now, a u.s. team also picked up the pilot. he is now aboard the uss kearsergeant in the mediterranean. we'll have a live report shortly. >>> moammar gadhafi's ground forces are coming down hard on misrata right now. this amateur video appears to show a mortar shell that is landing near civilians. an opposition spokesman tells cnn the city will fall within hours unless the coalition helps. >> the carnage is too much to bear. this is the fifth day of shelling and destruction and carnage. we already have 77 deaths and we have a countless number of injuries and almost the whole center of the city now is unsafe because of snipers. we haven't seen international strikes since the first day of strikes and we are in urgent need of help quarterback otherwise misrata will be overrun tonight. >> before and after satellite photoses confirm that a mosque in zawiya will be destroyed. the mosque served as a command center for the resistance during the time they controlled zahyiya. >>> a spoke woman says one of three
by the president where u.s. military participation here would end. >>> plus, a troubling turn in japan. workers are pulled from the crippled reactor complex after smoke is seen rising from two of the reactors overnight. how big a setback is this? >>> it's monday, march 21st, 2011. i'm willie geist. chuck and savannah are traveling with the president in south america. we will hear from them later this hour. >>> let's get right to the run down, we begin with operation odyssey dawn in libya. punishing air strikes drove pro-gadhafi forces further from home base last night though it is unclear where gadhafi is at this hour. rebels celebrated after u.s., british and french planes demolished libyan tanks and took out air defenses. overnight the opposition said it had regained almost 40 miles of territory. colonel gadhafi appears to have escaped harm in the attack on his administration building. he has though warned of a long war and said he'd open up the government's arsenal to arm his supporters. >>> on sunday defense secretary robert gates reiterated that the u.s. has no plans to send in ground forc
it means for the mission and for u.s. forces. libyan rebels now have a new hope of pushing back moammar gadhafi's fighters. we'll tell you about a man who sacrificed his life to help the opposition. plus, the dangers and challenges in the disaster zone of japan. brian todd has an account of the search and rescuers. and our crew, what all of them experienced in the quake and tsunami wreckage. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." [ explosion ] >>> first to a key battleground city where rebels are making headway in the battle to seize controlle from moammar gadhafi. here's cnn's arwa damon. >> reporter: this does look a bit more organized than we have seen the opposition on the front line in the past. we find the front line a short distance away from the northern entrance to ajdabiya. gadhafi's troops still control it and the western road. so you're saying these air strikes destroyed three tanks -- gadhafi tanks positioned at the entrance to ajdabiya. they are explaining that there are a few more that gadhafi's
, the u.s. military confirms an f-15 fighter jet has crashed in libya, but the pentagon says it was not shot down. we'll have the latest on the fate of the crew. >> plus. >> let me emphasize that this operation will take place in a matter of days, not a matter of weeks. >> it's still unclear who will take charge. in japan, set back and progress, as the crippled reactor's spent fuel rods -- officials say they can't turn on the juice just yet. it's tuesday march 22, i'm willie geist. also this morning with the first republican debate, a little over a month away, if you can believe it, finally at least one major gop candidate looks ready to run. let's get to the rundown. >>> we begin in libya where a united states f-15 fighter jet crashed today while carrying out its mission in benghazi. >> u.s. military officials tell nbc news that two crewmembers have indeed been rescued from the ground there in libya and are safely on their way to europe. the two crewmember in their f-15 eagle were on a routine mission enforcing that no fly zone east of benghazi when the fighter jet experienc
safe for infants, i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the "situation room." in a span of 24 hours, the u.s. military said the coalition launched more than 50 strikes in the mission to protect libyan civilians. but no indication the battle is being over. just a short while ago the secretary of state warned gadhafi the quickest way to end it is for him to leave.<[kyk: . we2íor certainly encouraged the would make a right decision. not only institute a real co comprehensive cease-fire but withdraw from the cities and military abs and prepare for a transition that does not incl e include. >> there are serious reports of major clashes under way. what do we know about the fighting at this moment. >> you just heard secretary of state hillary clinton encouraging momammar gadhafi bu he's not backing down. a couple of major developments that shows that this conflict is far from over. anded stage is set from what could be a lengthy and complicated conflict. let's start with a strategically strategic city. then gadhafi forces took it over. when the momentum shifted back to the opposition forces and t
from his national security team as the u.s. sends more support to japan. >> an explosion in one reactor and fire in another sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air and left a boiling pool of nuclear fuel at the plant. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 12-20 kilometer radius from the no. 1 plant. >> levels of radiation spite, then dropped sharply by the end of the day. the government impose a no-fly zone over the area for commercial aircraft. >> this was a double barrel whammy, as they say. >> the energy secretary sold -- told a senate panel backed an aircraft carrier arrived to detect radiation in the air and on the ground. others will monitors the sebec areas. >> we are managing teams at the consulate and military installations in japan. >> our sister station was told that it is important to provide constant oversight of our facilities here at home. >> i have already been instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to ensure that we take lessons learned from what is happening in japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this cou
along the country's northeastern coast. american military officials confirm that more u.s. service members were exposed to radiation today and treated with iodine. but because of the wind direction, several navy ships moved closer to the coast after initial pullback of radiation concerns two major aftershocks rattled japan today, causing buildings to sway in tokyo. food, water and heat shortages continue. correspondent adam housley has the latest. >> they is survived the fifth largest earthquake in history and tsunami that devoured everything in its path. now hundreds of thousands of survivors face nuclear exposure and health dangers that may not show for years. >> 11,000 micro-sievert is equivalent of the exposure you get a year if you live a normal life. if you stay in the place for one hour you may be exposed to 11,000. we have to watch this. >> radiation is leaking from two nuclear reactors along the pacific coast heavily damaged by the earthquake. on tuesday, another explosion shook the region, damaging a containment pool and exposing part or all of the nuclear fuel rods insid
america. [ applause ] >>> fighting intensifies in libya, as the u.s. and its allies continue attacks on government forces. the lawmakers here wonder what is the end game? this is as uprising spread to other nations raising bigger questions about the region. group of g.o.p. presidential hopefuls head to iowa. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." i'm jim angele in for bret baier. african countries are calling for transition to lead to the democratic connections in libya. libyan government delegation is meeting in ethiopia with five african heads of state who want a roadmap for political reform there. political leaders don't have representative at the meeting. coalition forces continue to pound those loyal to gaddafi. the national correspondent jennifer griffin explains why cit exit is likely not in cards. >> good evening. on day seven of the operation over libya, command of the operation still in question and not likely to be settled before sunday at the earliest. >> a transition process that will take through the weekend, more allied pilots begone taki
, this is "special report." good evening. i'm bret baier. pentagon officials say so far the u.s. spent $580 million on the libyan conflict. while we're committed to the operation financially, militarily and diplomatically, questions remain about what it will mean to deem the mission a success. james rosen is at the state department. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. president obama and top commanderrers pushed forward on the parallel and separate path to strip muammar gaddafi of his ability to wage war and pressuring him to resign. today a top nato commander said the missions may connect over time in london, secretary of state hillary clinton met with colleagues from the united nations, europe and arab league to sketch out end game in libya. clinton said arming the libyan rebels were not discussed and only vaguely did she address growing speculation that gaddafi will receive asylum. >> we believe he must go. we're working with the international community to try to achieve that outcome. and look for political resolution which could include leaving the country. >> bret: we are not engaged and
the case for u.s. involvement. his speech comes as libyan rebels resume their offensive. they advanced 350 miles this past weekend and recaptured two key oil sounds. u.s. officials say militau.s. military actions are mostly over. >> i think we prevented the large-scale slaughter that was beginning to take place and has taken place in some places. >> on one hand they say it is humanitarian and on the other they say gaddafi must go. >> this weekend the defense secretary and the secretary of state will brief congress on the mission and its cost. president's speech is tonight at 7:30 on abc 7. >>> the crisis in japan at the nuclear power plant may be getting worse. officials say highly radioactive iodine is seeping from the facility and contaminated the water is being found farther from the plant now. the crews are pumping out hundreds of tons of radioactive water. the plant's operators are apologizing for overstating radiation levels inside the reactors. >>> 32 years ago today the u.s. suffered its worst nuclear crisis. that was at three mile island nuclear plant in pennsylvania. >> the disas
are overwhelmed. supplies are limited. plus, the u.s. military is moving in the region. the defense second robert gates now directioning two navy warships into the mediterranean. >>> and a dramatic new development in the race for 2012. the first major republican contender is ready to take a critical step towards announcing a run for president. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." let's begin with the latest developments in the libyan crisis. reports of gunfire and assault in the city of zawiya. that's where forces loyal to the libyan leader moammar gadhafi attempted but allegedly failed to seize control from rebels. meanwhile, a strong show of force against gadhafi just out of the united nations. the general assembly adopting a resolution to oust libya from the u.n. human rights council. we're monitoring the story from every angle on the ground as only the global resources of cnn can. first, let's go to tripoli where gadhafi shows no signs of losing his grip on power in the capital. some residents there have refrained from protesting for fear of simply being killed. cnn's senior inte
>>> tonight on "nightline," another war? breaking news. the u.s. and its allies prepare to intervene in the bloody war in libya, after the u.n. authorizing military action against colonel gadhafi's forces. and, in a worldwide exclusive, gadhafi's son saif talks from tripoli tonight to christiane amanpour. >>> plus, nuclear code red. we have the latest on the desperate efforts of the japanese to stop a deadly chain of events from turning into an all-out nuclear catastrophe. are they at the point of no return? >>> and, theinconvenient truth. the race to cool the fuel rods getting dangerously hot. and what scientists fear can happen if that race is lost. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadenden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," march 17th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin tonight in libya, where the u.s. and its allies appear poised to take military action on the heels of a u.n. resolution earlier this evening, imposing a no-fly zone over the country and authorizing, quote, all necessar
's government. in fact, one u.s. commander concedes gaddafi could remain in power. libyan rebels are trying to exploit the international stripes across the country, as gaddafi's army is using journalist and civilians as human shields and targets. we have team coverage. brit hume looks at the role in y correspondent jennifer griffin at the pentagon looking at the military operation and whether the no-fly zone is working. good evening, jennifer. >> hi, bret. the french may have dropped the first bombs saturday, but it soon became clear that the u.s. commander were calling the shot from the newest command in europe. the missile fired by the british submarine that struck gaddafi's compound were not unlike the tom mahawks fired from aboard the destroyer. coalition forces fired more than 13tomahawks in two days at a cost of $1.5 million a piece. the target of two british tomahawks, large command and control communication center in gaddafi's residence compound. fox news learned from the british sources that the coalition had to call off the mission to complete the strike on gaddafi's compound when
values. he argued last night that the u.s.-led coalition helped to avert a massacre that would have "stained the contents of the world." the alliance against gaddafi has made significant gains. rebels have recaptured nearly all the ground they lost and are closing in on the home town of gaddafi. the president emphasized that these gains have come at a relatively low-cost. the u.s. has not gone into this along. so the progress has come without u.s. ground troops and with a full transfer of power to nato tomorrow. the president stopped short of supporting a forceful removal of adopted, which has become a point of contention with republicans. >> now we are fighting on the side of the anti-gaddafi rebels. we are paving the way for them. we should acknowledge that. >> the president has found himself all along caught between those saying that he has not done enough and those that have said he has done too much. hillary clinton is in london today with international leaders to explore other options such as financial. >>> the situation at the crippled japanese nuclear power plant is being de
's very important to understand what general madis said today. what he said, that is if the u.s. decided to enforce a no-fly zone it would, first, involve u.s. military air strikes against targets inside libya. you'd have to bomb the runways. you might take out their aircraft or certainly their air defense systems, missiles, radar, and the like. so it would involve a u.s. military attack on libya itself. and if the white house makes that decision, of course, the u.s. military would carry it out. but i can tell you that there's a lot of hesitation, not only here in the building and among the u.s. military to take that kind of aggressive step, but even among the nato allies who would be essential if the u.s. and nato allies were to launch any kind of operation like this, and so far only the british are doing any kind of saber rattling in that regard. and the rest of nato nations, allies, are pretty much silent whether to launch any military operation against libya. >> give is insight on the three military war ships in the suez canal. what is their role, at this point? >> reporter: their ro
moammar gadhafi in power. hillary clinton represents the u.s. ban ki moon and more will attend. they called on gadhafi to leave libya. >>> the u.s. president made his case to fellow americans for intervening in libya's civil war. barack obama said the u.s. had a responsibility to act to the overt a civilian massacre but not to seek by force. libyan fighters very run into resistance. >>> disturbing news we're hearing about radiation levels at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. radioactive water may be leaking from a containment vessel. they've also found plutonium in the soil, but the levels, they say, are not harmful to humans. >>> pro-government demonstrations are expected in syria on tuesday. one of the latest places to have anti-government protests being held. "world business" starts now. >>> good morning, from cnn london, i'm nina del santos. >> and i'm pauline chu, and this is world business today. the top stories on this tuesday, march 29th. u.s. president barack obama tries to explain his country's intervention in libya, but his critics are counting the cost of t
new york, good night, america. >> chris: two major defections from the libyan regime as the u.s. begins covert operations on the ground. day closer to a government shutdown. there are still big roadblocks to a deal. the interstate fight over the 2012 presidential primaries. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." good evening, i'm chris wallace in for bret baier. another high-ranking libyan official has defected from muammar gaddafi's regime, making two in as many days. a european diplomat describes it as rats fleeing from a sinking ship. defense secretary gates says there won't be american boots on the ground, despite president obama's authorization of covert cia operations. the allied coalition is wiped out estimateed 25% of gaddafi's forces. rebels are still losing ground. forcing lawmakers on capitol hill to ask what is next? white house correspondent mike emanuel is tracking the story. mike? >> reporter: good evening. senior white house officials are pleased, control of the air operation over libya was transferred today from the u.s. to nato. now there
of hitting him. it is, according to the allied forces, according to the u.s. president barack obama an others, it is is to keep the people of libya safe. they're there for the safety of the people. does this change anything now that moammar gadhafi's compound has been stuck? >> i don't think so. i think the commanding control was always on the list, the intent to hit it. not him directly. i would suspect when we went into this we have a no target, no shoot list, restricted fire zone which designates mosques, buildings such as hospitals and his headquarters was on that no target list. but remember last night and early tonight you saw air defense weapons from that compound shooting in the air. you've got two possible scenarios. you've got a scenario where a pilot could have seen that anti-aircraft weapon, a zsu-23-4, could have been at the top of the building, could have been shooting. don't know the fact s yet, but commend robinson and his crew for going there. the other moment is, the moment that cnn crew walked on the scene, all of our targeteers are watching this, everybody is using cnn int
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